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Positive Psychology of Love

M. Hojjat and Duncan Cramer


This edited volume provides a clear and up-to-date summary of the most relevant research which suggests how we can have more fulfilling close and intimate relationships and how these relationships may enhance our lives. There are 16 major chapters, each of which focuses on a different aspect of close and intimate relationships as related to positive psychology. The topics of these chapters include romantic love, intimacy, friendship, positive emotions, sexuality, attachment, communication, compassionate love, forgiveness, conflict resolution, self-esteem, personal projects, relational maintena ... More

Keywords: positive psychology, close/intimate relationships, friendship, love, intimacy, self-esteem, emotions, sexuality, attachment, mental/physical health

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199791064
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791064.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. Hojjat, editor
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Duncan Cramer, editor
Loughborough University

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Part One Major Aspects of Love

1 The Positive Psychology of Romantic Love

Jennifer M. Tomlinson, and Arthur Aron

2 Intimacy and Positive Psychology

Karen J. Prager, Forouz K. Shirvani, Jennifer J. Garcia, and Minnotis Coles

5 From Risk to Pleasure

Emily A. Impett, Amy Muise, and Juliana G. Breines

Part Two Handling Difficult Times

8 Compassionate Love

Beverley Fehr, and Susan Sprecher

9 Forgiveness and Positive Psychology

Mahzad Hojjat, and Brian J. Ayotte

10 Handling Conflicts Positively

Lorne Campbell, and Sarah C. E. Stanton

Part Three Physical and Mental Health and Growth

12 Aspects of Love

Brian R. Little, and David M. Frost

14 Love and Physical Health

Aubri A. Paxson, and Shauna L. Shapiro

15 Connecting Happiness to Relational Maintenance

Jennifer Marmo, and Daniel J. Canary

Part Four Conclusion

17 Conclusions/Epilogue

Clyde Hendrick, and Susan S. Hendrick

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